THE TEAM

The team

Our mission

  • Informing you of your rights in case of delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flights
  • Offering you risk-free options: no fees will be charged if your case isn’t settled
  • Any delay or cancellation of a flight departing from an airport within the European Union or bound for an airport in the EU operated by a European airline authorizes you to claim compensation: we support you in these procedures

About flightclaim.ca

Whatever the purpose of your flight, whether it’s personal or professional, a delay is always unpleasant and can cause harm. Having to stand up for your rights in the face of multinational companies with gigantic budgets isn’t easy. Airlines generally refuse to pay compensation by invoking extraordinary circumstances.

Most passengers aren’t aware of their rights and don’t have enough information or time to file a claim for compensation.

That’s why flightclaim.ca can help you receive a fair compensation quickly, easily, and without any risk or damage!

Jacob Charbonneau, MBA

CEO

Co-founder of volenretard.ca and flightclaim.ca in 2016, Jacob Charbonneau was formerly in charge of performance and quality optimization for the largest Canadian airline specializing in holiday travel. He holds an executive master’s degree in business administration from the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also involved in the Association des MBA du Québec, particularly at the youth level, and he chairs the M40 business club.

Robert Astell, Lawyer

Director of Legal Services

Robert Astell has been a member of Astell Lachance Du Sablon De Sua since its founding in 2005. Mr. Astell is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Science and Law at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His main areas of practice are civil and commercial litigation, business law, bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring. Through his years of experience as a lawyer, Mr. Astell has represented many clients in the courts of first instance, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. His taste and talent for litigation and dispute resolution has given him considerable expertise in this area. In particular, he has developed a thorough knowledge of commercial law, particularly in the agricultural field. He represents clients in corporate, litigation, commercial and insurance matters. In addition, he advises many companies on everything related to their legal affairs, and has led several major commercial transactions. Mr. Astell also represents clients with respect to the penal provisions for the regulation of securities as well as for tax litigation. He is also involved as President of the Old Montreal Business Development Corporation and Vice-President of Saint-Jacques, an organization that helps homeless people.

Meriem Amir

Lawyer

Me Meriem Amir obtained her law degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2015 and entered the bar in 2017. She also holds a minor in economics from the Université de Montréal. Me Meriem Amir joined ALDD – Astell Lachance Du Sablon De Sua in 2016 to complete her internship. Me Meriem Amir practices mainly in civil and commercial litigation, real estate law and business law while fulfilling certain mandates in administrative and municipal law. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation including the drafting of legal opinions, the preparation of various procedures, the implementation of the legal strategy as well as the representation of clients before the civil and administrative courts and in the context of settlement agreement. From the beginning of her career, Me Meriem Amir has intervened on several occasions in commercial, contractual and real estate injunctions, in recourse in vices-concealed and civil liability. Me Meriem Amir also has relevant experience in business start-up, corporate structuring and drafting contracts of all kinds. In this regard, she offers a personalized service to her clients for incorporation, corporate bookkeeping, structure development as well as contract negotiation and drafting. Me Meriem Amir is a young lawyer who demonstrates dynamism and enthusiasm. She listens, demonstrates understanding and is available to answer her clients’ questions, making the court process clear and accessible to all.

Sophie Raymond

Customer Experience and Operations Coordinator

Before joining our team, Sophie worked for over ten (10) years with the largest Canadian airline specializing in holiday travel, including eight (8) years as a manager. She brings her expertise to FlightClaim.ca on the level of customer experience – her specialty – while also being responsible for operations.

Jean-Denis Pelletier, eng./P.Eng

Special Advisor

Mr. Pelletier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the École Polytechnique of the Université de Montréal. From 1983 to 1998, he held various senior positions at the Montreal Transit Commission and the Montreal Urban Community Transportation Corporation, including Project Manager and Head of Ancillary Services and Litigation. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Pelletier worked in the field of transportation consulting. From 2005 to 2008, he was commissioner and administrative judge at the Quebec Transport Commission. From 2008 to 2013, he was a Commissioner and Administrative Judge at the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Karine Clouatre

Customer Experience and Operations Coordinator

Karine has more than 15 years of experience in the field of travel. She touched on many aspects, including staff management, customer experience and group operations. She also has a good knowledge of the air sector, which is an asset.

Laurence Tessier

Technical Agent

Laurence has experience in translation. She meticulously participates in the management of the files of volenretard.ca and ensures their accuracy to speed up the claim process.

The Team
Yanouk Poirier, MBA

Chairman of the Board of Directors

An experienced entrepreneur, Yanouk Poirier is an icon in the business field. He holds a specialized bachelor’s degree in international relations, a certificate in management and business creation from HEC Montréal, and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the Université de Sherbrooke. A member of the board of directors of Ballets Jazz de Montréal and a mentor at Enablis, an organization that assists entrepreneurs in developing countries and helps them grow their businesses, Yanouk Poirier is an entrepreneur at heart who has established several companies and ensured their growth. He is a managing partner of Leaders & Cie., an executive recruitment firm. Recognized by Les Affaires as one of the leaders of the future, Yanouk Poirier is the recipient of many awards.

Alain Tessier, MBA

Board of Directors

Alain Tessier has developed extensive expertise in managing technological projects, both on the national and the international level. He has helped several companies take advantage of information technologies to realize their business strategies. He holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Université de Sherbrooke. For many years, he has been involved as a volunteer on the board of directors of the Association de natation de la Rive-Sud de Montréal (South Shore Swimming Association).

François Vaqué, MBA

Board of Directors

After having accumulated ten years of experience in strategic planning in the field of high technology and electronic commerce, François Vaqué made the leap into the stimulating public relations environment. This skilled bilingual communicator has chosen to leverage his expertise to support professional services firms in their growth efforts. Working for the last 20 years in reputable companies such as Cohn & Wolfe, Centaurus, Strategic Consulting, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, KPMG Canada and International and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, François has acquired his skills as strategic leader, developer and builder. As a professional, he has always been a sought-after consultant for his strategic advice to executives. He is an influencer with a great ability to rally the various stakeholders and build consensus through recognized negotiation skills. This consulting expert holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Rouen, France, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Université du Québec à Montréal and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. François is very involved in the community. He has been and still is a member of various boards of directors, including those of the Montreal Jazz Ballet, the Foundation of the Quebec Games, the International College of Mary of France Foundation and Federal Idea, a center of studies and research on federalism.

Alex Khalifa, MBA

Board of Directors

Experienced partner with a proven history of working in the real estate industry. Competence in negotiation, budgeting, customer service, real estate development and entrepreneurship. Strong entrepreneurial spirit graduated from Concordia University.

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